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John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Season Sampler On Center: Season Sampler
5 days ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State’s 2015-16 season — on sale August 4 — features eight performances of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons, plus 31 other presentations. The roster of music, [Read More]
On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne On Center: Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne
5 weeks ago - Town and gown
Glorious vocalist Mavis Staples and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne collaborate on tour for the first time in “Solid Soul,” which comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium Tuesday, October 27. Staples, a fixture in American music for six decades, came to fame as a member [Read More]
On Center: Jazz Gems On Center: Jazz Gems
9 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State continues its tradition of presenting exceptional jazz artists with its 2015-16 offering of two returning favorites, an up-and-coming star, and the State College premiere of a multiple Grammy Award winner. Pianist and composer Billy Childs received a [Read More]
On Center: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain On Center: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
14 weeks ago - Town and gown
They whistle. They sing. Often one or another says a funny thing. They sell out venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They charm audiences in Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. They are, [Read More]
On Center: The Nile Project On Center: The Nile Project
17 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Nile Project uses music to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along Africa’s mighty river. The project unites artists from each country in the Nile basin to learn from one another and compose music together. The Nile forms a complex system wrought with political, [Read More]
On Center: Brooklyn Rider On Center: Brooklyn Rider
22 weeks ago - Town and gown
“I’ve seen the future of chamber music,” writes a reviewer for Strings magazine, “and it is Brooklyn Rider.” The quartet, which makes its Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert premiere Tuesday, April 14, at Schwab Auditorium, offers an eclectic [Read More]
On Center: Time for Three On Center: Time for Three
26 weeks ago - Town and gown
When Time for Three was getting its start, the trio called itself the world’s first classically trained garage band. “The term really was something that we used to use. We try not to use it too much these days,” says Time for Three violinist Nick Kendall. “It was a way to [Read More]
On Center: Zap Mama and Antibalas On Center: Zap Mama and Antibalas
32 weeks ago - Town and gown
The powerhouse musicians of Zap Mama and Antibalas are coming together for a funk-infused world-music celebration on Tuesday, February 3, at Eisenhower Auditorium. Congo-born, Belgium-raised Marie Daulne, known to her fans across the globe as Zap Mama, redefines the word “vocalist.” [Read More]
On Center: Moving Architecture On Center: Moving Architecture
35 weeks ago - Town and gown
“At one point,” Portland Monthly’s Aaron Scott writes about a recent show he experienced in Oregon’s cultural capital, “the woman sitting next to me couldn’t resist saying out loud, ‘This is insane!’ in between her running barrage of ‘No [Read More]
On Center: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center On Center: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
40 weeks ago - Town and gown
Listen to Tara Helen O’Connor speak, and it becomes apparent in no time that she and the flute are a match made in heaven. O’Connor, one of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians performing November 20 at Penn State, possesses a seemingly uninterrupted supply of breath, [Read More]
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